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Exports' Contribution to Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence for California, Massachusetts, and Texas, Using Employment Data

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The paper shows an interregional trade model from which testable parameter restrictions for economic base theory, shown to be equivalent to the hypotheses of the Granger causality test, are derived. The results of the tests for three states, based on various bifurcation methods, suggest that economic base theory holds strongly for the crudest definition of the base, but not for others. The frequency analysis indicates a likely association between inherent cyclicalities in employment growth data and economic base theory. The regional multipliers and the timing of economic adjustments to exogenous shocks are also discussed.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Economics-Policy Research, Bank of America, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Publication date: February 1, 1997


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